Alligators on the Rise in Port Isabel

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 8:39am

Alligator sightings are on the rise in Port Isabel.

“I have lived here all my life and this is it,” says Port Isabel Police Chief Wally Gonzalez. “I had never heard or seen of any alligators coming up here."

Most of the sightings have been baby alligators, but these creatures pose a threat no matter the size.

“Be careful,” says Gonzalez. “Don’t approach it like it is tame or domestic animal because it is not.”

Gonzalez urges citizens not to feed the alligators because their movements are often hard to predict.

“From what I understand they will attack if you make a sudden movement that puts them in danger or makes them feel threatened,” says Gonzalez.

So what is causing this sudden increase in alligator sightings?

“From what I understand from Parks and Wildlife is that the drought has something to do with it,” says Gonzalez.
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials believe the dry conditions are forcing alligators to stray from their normal habitat, which means leaving the Laguna Madre for residential areas in Port Isabel.

“They are coming out of the water looking for cooler water or food, but they are coming out of the salt water and that is uncommon,” says Gonzalez.

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